First Drive: 2018 Ford F-150 with the New Power Stroke Diesel

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2018 F-150 Diesel Low Front

Ford’s first diesel-powered F-150 works like a Super Duty and gets far better fuel economy. Plus, it’s awesome at off-roading!

Earlier this week, I traveled to Denver, Colorado to test the 2018 Ford F-150 with the new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine. As the first-ever diesel half-ton truck offered by the Motor Company, it will appeal to a very specific buyer. But for those folks who want the working capabilities of a Power Stroke in a smaller, more-efficient pickup,  this new engine is perfect.

Testing the F-150 Power Stroke

Our testing of the 2018 Ford F-150 with the new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel was broken up into two basic modules: On-road and off-road. The off-road portion offered us a chance to see how the diesel half-ton handled a pretty mud course while the on-road portion offered towing, hauling, a fuel economy loop and the “dynamic drive”.

F-150 Diesel Lineup

Within each module, there were different trim levels and different cab configurations. But the interior features of the new F-150 with the diesel engine option are no different from the rest of the lineup. In fact, the exterior doesn’t change much either, with the exception of the familiar ‘Power Stroke’ badges on the door and the large, polished tail pipe. So, unlike the average new model test drive where we are there to evaluate every aspect of the vehicle, this drive was all about the new engine.

F-150 Power Stroke Badge

With that in mind, Ford set up the program so that we could experience the new Power Stroke diesel in the F-150 in a variety of different situations. Even though some owners will never go off-roading, tow a horse trailer, or haul a thousand pounds of lumber in the bed, the new diesel F-150 is built to do it all, and we got to experience that first-hand.

Patrick Rall is a regular contributor to LS1Tech and JK Forum, among other auto sites.

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